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MA International Human Resource Management

Course Overview

With globalisation and increased global competition, there is a growing recognition that the success of an organisation is critically dependent upon effective management of its employees. To be competitive and meet increasing challenges, it is increasingly vital to have skilled, committed and empowered employees who gain satisfaction from meeting the goals of the organisation. The human resource management practitioners can play a vital role in bringing their special expertise to bear on the challenges presented.

This course gives you the opportunity to develop as an HR practitioner from an international perspective, and to develop specialist knowledge and expertise in human resource management (HRM) for national and international practice, with an emphasis on strategic issues. More specifically, this Masters programme gives students the opportunity to explore some debates about the employment relationship that are fundamental to organisations, attempt to answer the questions posed, while allowing students to develop their skills and understanding to enable them to contribute in an effective way to organisational success.

Key information

    Course name

    MA International Human Resource Management

    Total academic credits

    180 credits

    Qualification awarded


    Awarding body

    University of Bedfordshire

    Professional recognition


    Academic level

    Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 7)

    Study mode

    Full time - Classroom


    12 months

    Tuition fees



    September, November, January, March, June, July

    Work placement


    Course location


Academic entry requirements

Applicants with a good honours degree from a recognised University. Otherwise, applicants from different subject areas will be considered on an individual basis according to their relevant professional experience or qualification.

English entry requirements

IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any subcomponent; OR evidence that you have been instructed and assessed predominantly in English for a significant part of your educational career.

Assessment methods

The overall strategy is to achieve a balance between the assessment of academic understanding and evaluation, and the assessment of competences and skills that are valuable in organizations.

Assessments are structured to ensure that the course and unit aims and objectives are achieved and clear indications are given on the assessment brief relating to the specific learning outcomes.

The assessments are designed to test and assess knowledge and understanding of the appropriate subject matter, as well as to demonstrate the capabilities embodied in the learning outcomes of the subject areas/units comprising the course.

Assessment is organised to be motivational as well as an integral learning opportunity and is benchmarked to ensure that the standards of the University are upheld. Your tutors will ensure that formative continuous feedback are built into the units of study to ensure that progressive feedback is given to you to help build confidence, skills and knowledge on a continuous basis; a common method of achieving this is through group work and feedback involving self-assessment and constructive criticism during the formal tutorial sessions.

Each unit has at least one summative assessment and such assessments provide formal feedback and reflect measures of achievements linked to the formal learning outcomes of each unit.

Assessment strategies will focus on developing wider attributes and skills as well as testing knowledge and understanding. You will be encouraged in the face-to-face sessions to continuously self-assess your progress and for the formal assessments; you will have detailed assessment briefs clearly articulating the task and expectations required to obtain a pass level and the higher grades. You will receive focused, meaningful and timely feedback designed to build confidence and motivation and to support further learning.

Progression route

Further postgraduate study (e.g. MSc by Research) or students can also continue onto MPhil or DBA – Professional Doctorate or PhD by research that can lead to a career in higher education.

Career opportunities

On completing this course you are likely to progress into one or more of the following areas: Professional generalist role in the human resource management field; Professional roles in a specialist field within human resource management: employee resourcing, employee reward, employee relations, employee development; Management positions within the human resource management and development function; Consultancy positions concerned with the management and development of employees; Professional roles within organisations concerned with public policy matters relating to employment affairs.


Semester one:

  • International Business Environment – 15 credits
  • Leading and Developing People in Organisations – 15 credits
  • International and Comparative Human Resource Management – 15 credits
  • Employee Engagement – 15 credits


Semester two:

  • Personnel Resourcing – 15 credits
  • Human Resource Development – 15 credits
  • Reward Management – 15 credits
  • Engaging with Research – 15 credits


Semester three:

  • Communication in Business – 15 credits
  • Applied Human Resource Management Project – 45 credits


Reasons for choosing this course

The course has been designed to develop graduates who are able to:

  • Operate across a spectrum of complex environments which require the selection and application of a range of appropriate tools, techniques and information sources
  • Act within an autonomous or group based environment to both formulate and apply decisions and to accept responsibility for the outcomes of the decision making process
  • Demonstrate a deep and systematic understanding of the subject matter and undertake independent analysis to evaluate the interrelated issues contributing to its development
  • Design, develop and implement a programme of substantial, independent research to address relevant areas of theory and practice through the application of the relevant research methodology
  • Apply acquired knowledge in a flexible and creative manner to resolve a range of complex people management issues and demonstrate competencies in effective communication and strategic management across different organisational and national contexts.


Main learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:-

  • Demonstrate a strategic and systematic understanding of current and relevant HR research and key debates within the field of HRM (all modules)
  • Critically reflect and develop constructive solutions to business problems within a business organisation to enable you to operate as a business partner with other key managers (all modules)
  • Evaluate published research and current expert thinking, to assess its relevance to challenging business scenarios and to apply this understanding as a key change agent within your organisation (all modules)
  • Extrapolate from existing practice and research to synthesise and create new and revised approaches to established HR and business practice to maximise profitability and maximise people contribution
  • Understand and be able to apply practically some research techniques to enable you to systematically research and investigate key HR issues and to identify reasoned and creative business solutions (Project)
  • Develop confidence to enable you to communicate persuasively and influentially at all hierarchical levels within the organisation, both orally and in writing
  • Understand and evaluate the role of strategic HR partner and business leader, and to apply current and relevant research and practice to ensure the sustainability and the credibility of the function within the organisation (all modules)
  • Demonstrate the qualities and capabilities expected of a professional manager and to work in partnership with senior managers within your business to successfully measure, develop and maximise organisational people potential.


Choose International Human Resource Management MSc at Bedfordshire and:

  • Study and analyse data using the latest techniques and knowledge, and learn about the contemporary issues and problems relating to the management of human resources in global organisations
  • Explore and analyse a range of perspectives relating to workplace organisation and its effective management to ensure optimum performance
  • Develop the expertise to make an invaluable contribution to effective organisational management
  • Gain experience of a multi-disciplinary approach to the principles of HR management, strategic management, employee relations, human resource development, international business and management principles
  • Benefit from the development of expertise that will enable you to work as a HR strategic business partner, giving support to other strategic managers with critical insights into the world of people in the workplace